'Hybrid' Solar Eclipse to Dazzle on Sunday
Sunday's 'hybrid' solar eclipse will be total over some parts of Africa, but some parts of the US East Coast may be able to see a partial eclipse at sun rise, weather permitting.
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May 21, 2012 --
A solar eclipse dazzled viewers from China to the United States on Sunday (May 20). An annular solar eclipse, where the moon does not completely block the sun but leaves a fiery ring around its circumference, was seen across the Pacific Ocean -- from dawn (Monday) for Asia, late afternoon to early evening (Sunday) for the U.S. At its peak, the moon covered roughly 94 percent of the sun's light. The eclipse was first visible in East Asia before crossing the northern Pacific Ocean. The following images are from our Tumblr and Twitter followers. Here, from Tumblr follower 011235813213455 is the eclipse as seen over Saitama, Japan; 9:32 Local Time.
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Idaho "Eclipse Over Idaho" From Tumblr goldfish diaries
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Gilbert Arizona Solar eclipse in Gilbert, AZ as seen through a Fox 10 News camera. From Tumblr The Next Shot
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California Via Twitter, by Ivy Deliz, from Sunnyvale, Calif.
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California Via Twitter, by Chris Callanan, from Folsom, Calif. "Progression of the eclipse ... The extra images you see I believe are caused by the stack of 3 filters." See the full-resolution version on Flickr.
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Reno, Nevada From Tumblr Wykdquick "It may be low quality, but I figured you'd want to see the eclipse over Reno. NV."
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Texas Via Twitter, Jim Bricker and Simon Taghioff took this photograph of the eclipse at annuality from Dallas, Texas. For the full set of photos, see Jim Bricker's Facebook page.
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Eclipse Shadows in California Credit: From Tumblr Thirteenstiel
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San Antonio Texas From Tumblr Anything Not Moving Forward Is Moving Backward "The eclipse today over San Antonio, TX. The greenish color is coming from my dad's welding mask which I placed in front of my dslr."
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California Space producer Ian O'Neill grabs a shot of the eclipse from Zuma Beach, Malibu, Calif.
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California Space producer Ian O'Neill grabs a shot of the eclipse from Zuma Beach, Malibu, Calif. Using a Nikon Coolpix L24 plus eclipse shades purchased from Astronomers Without Borders.
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Illinois Via Twitter, by Jeremy S., from Illinois.
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Canada Via Twitter, by Neil Zeller, from Calgary, Canada.
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South Texas From Tumblr Limeslide "The sun set before the final phase! Oh well. Taken from McAllen, Texas! :) What are those two heavenly bodies besides the sun?"
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California Pat Jackson-Colando captured this photo of the eclipse caught in coastal fog in Irvine, Calif.
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Plymouth, Nebraska Submitted through Tumblr. "Solar eclipse in Plymouth, NE taken through welding glass. Photo by Erik Pearson."
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Streaming Over the Web Via Twitter, by Suzanne Gillen, from Washington D.C. "iEclipse - Ring of Fire of Solar Eclipse taken as I watched on iPad in DC"
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Eclipse Shadows in California Lisa Strong snapped this photograph of the eclipse as seen in projections cast by leaves.
The moon will blot out the sun Sunday (Nov. 3) in an eclipse that will be visible from eastern North America to the Middle East.
Sunday's celestial event is a relatively rare occurrence known as a hybrid solar eclipse. It will begin as an annular or "ring of fire" eclipse along the path of totality, then shift to a total eclipse as the moon's shadow sweeps across our planet.
What you'll observe depends on where you live. Skywatchers in the eastern United States, northeastern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and most of Africa will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, while people along the path of totality in central Africa will see the sun totally obscured by Earth's nearest neighbor for a few dramatic moments.
If you live in eastern North America, you'll have to get up early to enjoy the show. The partial eclipse will be visible at sunrise — about 6:30 a.m. local time — and last for about 45 minutes, experts say. Viewers in Boston and New York will see the sun more than 50 percent covered by the moon, while our star will appear 47 percent obscured from Miami and Washington, D.C. [Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic)]
All of the action in this part of the world will be occurring low in the sky, less than 8 degrees from the east-southeast horizon. (Your fist held at arm's length measures about 10 degrees.) So you'll want to find a spot that affords a good look at the horizon, without any buildings or hills blocking the view.
The path of totality, meanwhile, starts in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern U.S. and runs through Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and several other African nations before petering out in southern Ethiopia and Somalia around sunset.
Warning: If you are planning to watch Sunday's solar eclipse in person, be extremely careful. Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through telescopes or binoculars without proper filters. To safely view solar eclipses, you can buy special solar filters or No. 14 welder's glass to wear over your eyes. Standard sunglasses will NOT provide sufficient protection.
You can also build a simple pinhole camera, or look at the shadows filtering onto the ground through the leaves on a tree. (The spaces between leaves often create many natural pinholes).
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